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Full Albums:

  • Kings of Leon, Because of the Times
  • Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded1
  • Mobb Deep, The Infamous2
  • Ghostface Killah, Bulletproof Wallets3 and Fishscale
  • The Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio4
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.
  • Van Halen, Van Halen
  • Rick Ross, Port of Miami5
  • Outkast, ATLiens
  • Kendrick Lamar, Section80
  • Schoolboy Q, Habits and Contradictions
  • A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders and People’s Instinctive Travels And Paths Of Rhythm
  • Goyte, Making Mirrors6
  • GZA, Pro Tools
  • Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes7
  • The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America
  • Jay-Z, The Black Album
  • Friendly Fires, Pala
  • The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
  • Living Things, Ahead of the Lions
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Tom Vek, Leisure Seizure
  • Robyn, Body Talk
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient
  • Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do
  • Led Zeppelin, IV
  • LCD Soundsystem, LCD Soundsystem
  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale
  • The Afghan Whigs, 1965

Random Excellence:

  • Yelle, “Amour Du Sol”
  • Van Halen, “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?”
  • The Beastie Boys, “Say It”
  • Jay-Z, “D’Evils”
  • Prince, “Cinnamon Girl”
  • Deftones, “Headup”
  • Meth, Ghost, and Rae, “Our Dreams”
  • Nine Inch Nails, “Me, I’m Not”

Songs of the Week:

  • The Rolling Stones, “Live with Me”8
  • The Black Keys, “Stop Stop”
  • Drake, “Best I Ever Had”
  • Faces, “That’s All You Need”
  • The Hold Steady, “The Smidge”
  • Nicki Minaj, “Moment for Life”
  • The-Dream, “All Black Everything”

Reviews:

1. Yo, son. This album is straight garbage, b. “Champion” was the only thing on here I liked.

2. Now there you go. Might’ve been a few too many music-free freestyles for my taste, but that’s just a whole bunch of awesome rap and awesome beats.

3. I should have known this would be this good. I probably shied away from it on instinct because Cappadonna? Really. C’mon, son, you mad late to the game, couldn’t even sneak into the 36 Chambers if RZA gave you key duplicates. And yet, pretty much everything about this album’s amazing.

4. Unbelievable. From the music to the guests to the ideas and the production. Just a phenomenal album I thought died back when A Tribe Called Quest disbanded.

5. If I write my review/like Ross’s raps/you probably won’t like my review. Son is bogus/raps about three things/coke, expensive things, and being bogus. Reminds me of Tity Boy/says what you’re supposed to hear/still lost my respect for changing his name from “Titty Boy.” Just repeating the same thing/talking about women on his thing/trappin’ in the hood, selling bags of things. UNGH. Scarface reference/slow rhyming/Scarface preference.

6. Su-su-one-hit-wonder-oh.

7. It’s funny: as The Hold Steady’s layers get slowly peeled back it becomes more and more obvious what everyone’s role is in the band. You could tell from the last album that Tad Kubler is very much lead and rhythm guitarist and not a keyboardist–because Franz’s (and his keyboards’) absence is blatantly apparent. And on this one, the missing Kubler makes it apparent that Craig definitely wrangles lyrics like he’s Hulk Hogan, but he definitely leaves the majority of the music to Kubler and the rest of The Hold Steady. It’s not a bad album, but it sure as hell isn’t a Hold Steady album.

8. This song came up at random on the Wednesday before my move, so I started listening to it on repeat for a bit. All the lyrics except the parts about whores and maids apply perfectly to my new living situation. I’m that weird dude these two, poor, nice ladies found on Craigslist. I worry I’m stepping on their toes when I’m not even there. They really are so nice and I’m constantly afraid of scaring them off by just being me. Luckily, though, they do seem to like how handy I am. I’ve built tension-rod shower caddies and stuff, so if I can keep building things, maybe they’ll be distracted by my grossness.

Comment:

So I moved. Surprisingly enough, the old place on the Upper West Side definitely found a new tenant to pay that ridiculous sum. I’m not even jealous. With my new apartment and a pretty expensive gym membership, I’m still paying less than I used to (even at the rate before the proposed price hike), besides finally being close to my friends on the weekends and close enough to walk to work.

I might’ve prioritized some things and shifted priorities, but I think everything’s back in operating order and should be shipshape. Just have to let the dust settle, then I, too, can fall back into a familiar routine.

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